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How Lutron Can Make Your Technology Smarter

Expand Beyond Simple Lighting Control

How Lutron Can Make Your Technology Smarter

In the past, we’ve written about the many benefits of lighting control systems.  We’ve also written about Lutron, the acknowledged leader in lighting control, and some of its many features.  But Lutron has also done some exciting things to blend lighting with other home automation features. 

In this blog, we’d like to feature a couple of useful integration features that add convenience and a touch of luxury.  We’re big fans of Lutron’s flexibility and control options with lighting.  We’re also fans of Sonos, whose wireless speakers and Connect system brings a simple approach to whole home audio.  And we’re also fans of Amazon’s Alexa, for the power it brings to voice control.

Lutron is a fan of both too, and they have made it easy to control Sonos audio through their simple wireless remotes and keypads, as well as use your voice to control your lights through Alexa.  It can also make your home a little safer by working with Google’s Nest camera.

Read on to read more about some of Lutron’s many integration options. 

Does Your Home Theater Setup Sound The Way It Should?

Expert Calibration Is The Key

Does Your Home Theater Setup Sound The Way It Should?

The home theater experience is as much about the sound as it is about the picture.  If you’re watching an action flick, you want to almost feel the crash of cars, or want to duck as bullets fly overhead.  Recent movies like “Gravity” feature sound to great effect, like the low bass background rumble from machinery running in the space station.  Older classics like “Saving Private Ryan” display the frightening full fury of war as shells explode and machine guns spray on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

Your home theater setup may have a traditional 5.1 surround sound speaker system or a full Dolby Atmos complement with 11 speakers, but one thing is certain: An expertly calibrated system can make even a modest setup sound better than a more expensive one.

How? Read on to learn more about the importance of sound system calibration for your Eden Prairie media room or theater.   

Interactive Whiteboards: The Ultimate Huddle Room Upgrade

Ditch the Traditional Whiteboard and Embrace This Collaborative Tool

Interactive Whiteboards: The Ultimate Huddle Room Upgrade

Now more than ever office spaces need to create a collaborative environment. A common problem is figuring out just what that will look like and how many people will be involved. Does the entire company need to be included or just a small team? Research by Samsung Electronics America found collaboration is more valuable in small groups.

For those situations when a team of four to six people wants to get together and share ideas, a huddle room is the perfect solution for your Eden Prairie office. Once you start designing a huddle room, it's crucial to include tools that will encourage the sharing of ideas. Relying on old equipment can lead to stale sessions and frustrated employees. As interactive whiteboards become more affordable, we recommend them as the ultimate collaborative tool.

How to Avoid Common Conference Room Headaches

Create an Efficient Collaborative Space for Your Company

How to Avoid Common Conference Room Headaches

Designing a useful conference room audio video system is all about making sure technology enhances your space instead of becoming a constant headache for the team. Looking at specific pain points that your company experiences during meetings is a great way to start when looking for the right solution for your Minneapolis, MN office.

Envision your last nightmare meeting: What went wrong? There may have been equipment that crashed, distracting audio feedback, or a fight for the room's limited cable options. This blog highlights some common complaints from office employees and emphasizes the technology solutions that can help.

How to Enjoy Great Sound From Above

In-Ceiling Speakers Let Music Flow But Don’t Upset the Decor

How to Enjoy Great Sound From Above

If you love music and great audio, you know that speakers are a critical part of the auditory experience. If you want quality home audio in multiple rooms, you could have bookshelf speakers or floor-standing speakers for the best sound in your Eden Prairie home.  But it’s not always practical in many rooms.

You could also have wireless speakers that are relatively unobtrusive.  While some models are quite good, you get better imaging from a pair of stereo speakers.  For years, the sleek solution to audio – especially for a multi-room setup - was in-ceiling speakers.  But they weren’t always known for the best quality sound.

That, however, has changed.  Almost every major speaker manufacturer makes in-ceiling models.  While some are geared for milder background listening, other models can rock like their freestanding counterparts.

Read on to learn more.

How Can You Automate Your Dream Home?

Explore the Possibilities at the 2018 Artisan Home Tour

How Can You Automate Your Dream Home?

The home of your dreams would be something that speaks to you – the architecture and layout that projects your sense of what a home should be, and interior design and furnishings that fit with your life and sense of style.

Perhaps your dream home also would employ the latest technology to let you enjoy it to the fullest.  You could press a button to start your favorite music playing all through your house.  Use your voice to set your lights to the perfect settings when you come home from work. See who is ringing your doorbell, right from the smartphone in your hand.

These things are not the stuff of dreams anymore; it is something you too can have for your Minneapolis home with a Control4 system.

You can even check out a Control4 system in action at the 2018 Artisan Home Tour all through June. You can buy tickets to the tour at Holiday station stores or Bachman's.

Lelch Audio Video is featuring Control4 automation in homes 7 and 8 that includes whole home audio, security, video distribution, lighting control, and much more. 

Keep Your Business Protected with an Upgraded Security System

Never Stress about Your Building’s Safety Again

Keep Your Business Protected with an Upgraded Security System

When you leave your business or company building for the evening, you might have everything that can go wrong racing through your head.  Burglaries, fires, or other disasters shouldn’t be on your mind when you’re done for the day.

By upgrading your commercial security system, you’ll ensure that your Bloomington, MN property is well taken care of.  Whether you run a restaurant, office, or store, these smart features are sure to give you peace of mind when you’re near or far away from the building.

Keep on reading below to learn more!

The Right Automation Company Will Create Your Dream Home

We Ensure You Get the Best Service and Features Every Time

The Right Automation Company Will Create Your Dream Home

When you’re about to start your smart technology installation journey, it can all seem quite daunting.  Where do you even begin?

Luckily, when you have the best home automation company on your team, you will get the smart home you’ve been dreaming of – with the right products and brands, top-notch features and technologies – and without any of the hassle involved in the installation.

We know that the installation process can be overwhelming.  That’s why we’re here to make it an easy and effective time for you, so you can start enjoying your Eden Prairie, MN living space as soon as possible.

Keep on reading below to learn why the proper smart home company can make all the difference for your plans.